House Republicans may visit January 6 defendants in D.C. jail

 March 9, 2023

Those arrested following the 2021 riot on Capitol Hill have long complained of poor conditions at the D.C. jail, with one man saying that he was denied cancer treatment. According to the Hill, a group of Republican lawmakers may finally be ready to take action. 

The website reported on Wednesday that Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is attempting to organize a tour of the facility by House Oversight Committee members.

Delegation will address "human rights abuse"

"We’re going to be addressing the human rights abuse, such as the fact that they’ve been held in solitary confinement up to 23 hours a day, denied the ability to see their families," Greene was quoted as saying.

This will not be the first time that Greene has visited the January 6 defendants, as Fox News reported that she previously toured the facility in November of 2021.

Greene later recounted what she saw on the podcast "The War Room," which is hosted by former Trump administration advisor Steve Bannon.

"Last night I finally got into the deplorable jail, the D.C. jail where these people are being held for months on end in conditions like I’ve never seen in my life," Green told Bannon.

Footage shows"QAnon shaman" being shown around Capitol by officers

"It’s beyond anything I’ve ever seen and every American in this country should be outraged at what’s happening. I don’t care how you vote," she added.

January 6 was already in the news this week after Fox News host Tucker Carlson began airing Capitol Hill security footage that was provided to him by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Many of the images featured Jacob Chansley, an outlandishly dressed Navy veteran who many media outlets referred to as "the QAnon shaman."

Despite being portrayed as a violent insurrectionist, the footage shows him calmly interacting with police. Far from trying to arrest Chansley, officers even attempted to open locked doors for him.

Shaman's lawyer says footage was not provided to him

Although Chansley received a sentence of nearly four years behind bars, his attorney told Carlson that he was never provided with the exculpatory footage.

"This is about our justice system being so compromised, the very integrity and core of that, which we wore as a badge of honor for the entirety of our nation's history, has been rendered a vile, disgusting mess by a Department of Justice that was running amok," lawyer Albert Watkins complained.

"And they didn't share the video of my client, the footage from my client with nine officers surrounding him peacefully, wandering about, trying to help them, trying to get him access to the Senate chamber," Watkins stressed.

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